You might not have thought it was possible, but Microsoft appears to have outdone itself this time — but not in a good way. With Windows 10, the company has somehow managed to design an operating system that seems to be even less popular than the wildly unpopular Windows 8 it was designed to replace, if the number of complaints rolling in are anything to go by.
Thousands of users in the U.K. alone have written in to complain about Redmond?EU?s latest OS, according to Which?, a UK-based consumer advocacy group. ?EU?We?EU?ve received well over 1,000 complaints about Windows 10, as well as plenty of comments on Which? Conversation, with PC users telling us that this software update has brought them nothing but problems,?EU? Andrew Laughlin, senior researcher for Which? Technologies wrote on the group?EU?s site. ?EU?We?EU?re calling on Microsoft to do better.?EU?
The complaints cover a wide variety of problems with the new OS, including peripheral devices no longer working with the new system, email accounts failing to sync, files and data being deleted, and forced uninstalling of applications — even apps produced by Microsoft, such as Office 2010. In some cases, users have reported problems so severe that they have had to pay technicians to fix them.
What appears to make the problem even more frustrating are the aggressive tactics the company has adopted in pushing users to upgrade to the new system, with intrusive pop-ups that constantly remind them to update their machines. Some users have reported that even after declining the update several times Windows 10 has automatically installed itself anyway. The problem of unwanted upgrades has been so pervasive that some users have even compared the upgrader to malware.
While Microsoft has offered free customer service to anyone experiencing problems with the…